Warning: Correspondence misusing the name of Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP

26 November 2020

Correspondence and emails have been sent from "Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP" in relation to a supposedly "inherited investment in Oil and Gas"

What is the scam?

The SRA has been informed that a member of the public has received a letter and emails from an individual called "Bernice Martin” claiming to be an attorney at a genuine firm of solicitors. The correspondence and emails relate to a supposedly "inherited investment in Oil and Gas" and provides “Attorney Service Agreement”. 

The letter seen by the SRA also provides telephone numbers of "+44 02 7822 2777" and an email address of "INFO@P&P.COM".

The letter misuses the name and address of a genuine firm of solicitors (see below).

Any business or transactions through the contact number or email address set out above are not undertaken by a solicitor's firm or a solicitor authorised and regulated by the SRA.

Is there a genuine firm or person?

The SRA authorises and regulates a genuine firm of solicitors called Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP. The genuine firm's registered address is 15 Fetter Lane London EC4A 1BW. The telephone number is 02078227777.

The firm does not employ a staff member called "Bernice Martin”.

The genuine Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP has confirmed that it has no connection to the correspondence or emails referred to above.

What should I do?

When a firm's or individual's identity has been copied exactly (or cloned), due diligence is necessary. If you receive correspondence claiming to be from the above firm(s) or individual(s), or information of a similar nature to that described, you should conduct your own due diligence by checking the authenticity of the correspondence by contacting the law firm directly by reliable and established means. You can contact the SRA to find out if individuals or firms are regulated and authorised by the SRA and verify an individual's or firm's practising details. Other verification methods, such as checking public records (e.g. telephone directories and company records) may be required in other circumstances.